Eyeliner when applied in the right way, can change
your entire look and give you a classier look. It
can enhance the natural color of your eyes and
even change their entire shape. It can be a soft and
pretty touch for a day out with friends or a
glamorous and sophisticated statement for a night
out on the town. It can be a sexy seduction to get
your date melting. Whatever event it is , the
perfect eyeliner needs to be applied to suit you.
Let us first consider the major 3 types of Eyeliners:
Gel eyeliner might seem intimidating at first but
it’s worth trying if you tend to do a lot of cat eyes.
Using it is quite easy as It comes packaged in a
small pot, usually with a brush included (although
you can use any brush you want; an angled one is
Why we love it: You can quickly get a clean, precise
line thanks to the thicker formula and precise
brush. You can also switch up that brush to get
different results. The creamy consistency is
incredibly easy to work with, and it’s pretty easy to
control what you’re doing.
Why we loathe it: Gel eyeliner tends to dry out ,
which is annoying, and if you misplace your brush
you’re basically screwed. You also have to clean the
brush regularly to avoid eye infections, too, which
is just another chore.
Liquid eyeliner is great for creating clean lines that
swoop or flick. It’s for looks that require delicacy
and preciseness. Liquid eyeliner is good for
creative MUAs. Using It comes in a variety of
forms; for our money, we find that pens with
marker-type tips are easier to use than the small
vials with attached nail polish-like brushes. Draw
the shape you want with the brush or applicator,
then fill it in.
Why we love it: The very thin brushes and
applicators make it possible to get really thin,
subtle lines—perfect for adding a little darkness to
our upper lash lines. Having a brush built in to the
product also makes them easier to use than many
gels; plus they tend to come in a wider range of
colors and finishes.
Why we loathe it: The liquid consistency can make
clean, precise application more difficult; in other
words, liquid liner can be messy. There also tends
to be kind of a steep learning curve, which can be
There’s a lot to be said for the smoky eye look—and
you can achieve that look with a pencil eyeliner.
You can use it Like a pencil! Trace it along your
upper and lower lash lines, and smudge it gently.
Run it along your upper and lower waterlines for
added darkness. You can also run small dashes
underneath your lashes for a totally natural look.
Why we love it: Pencil eyeliner is great for a subtle
everyday look that’s not too harsh, especially if you
blend it slightly. Plus it’s ideal for really getting the
liner onto your waterline (nobody wants liquid
eyeliner running into their eyeball).
Why we loathe it: Keeping pencils sharpened is a
pain—and if you opt for a twist-up pencil, they get
blunt. Annoying. Plus, in your pencil liner journey,
you will occasionally run across one that’s FAR too
pointy and sharp.
Applying eyeliner can be very complicated business,
so if you’re just starting out, you’re going to want
to opt for something easy and virtually foolproof
like a pencil liner. Pencil liners, like Bloom
Cosmetics’ Eye Definer, are ideal for those without
the surgeon-like precision and unwavering hands
of eyeliner aficionados. They are easy to apply, leave
room for mistakes and don’t make a mess. Once
you’ve perfected the pencil, you can graduate to the
more complicated liquid eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner
requires a decent amount of application skill (and a
very steady hand), but if you practice hard enough,
you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
The wrong shade of eyeliner can bring out the worst
in your skin tone, so it’s important to know what
works best with the other facial features you’re
working with. If you have fair skin, you’re going to
want to steer clear of black eyeliner (especially
liquid). It will cause your skin to look harsh, putting
you in the danger zone of appearing older than you
are (and not in a good way). Instead, go with a
brown gel or powder eyeliner, like Dermalogica’s
Cake Eyeliner, to create a softer look. But if your
skin is medium- to dark-toned, black eyeliner will
benefit you and will even help make your eyes
really stand out. Which brings us to our next topic.
Enhancing Your Natural Eye Color
When it comes to eyeliner and eye color, the trick
for making the color of those peepers pop is the
use of contrasting shades. If you have blue eyes, for
instance, you’ll want to contrast the blue with a
copper-toned liner.The contrast will intensify the
natural blue of your eyes. To be certain exactly
which colors contrast each other, the use of a color
wheel is recommended. Simply locate your natural
eye color on the wheel and look for the color on the
opposite side. That color will be the eyeliner shade
to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.
From Casual to Glamorous
The right eyeliner can turn a casual gal into a
glamorous vixen in seconds, and vice versa! It all
depends on what look you’re in the mood for. If
you’re going for a laid back, daytime look, opt for a
soft pencil line (remember to choose the right color
for your skin tone!) along the outer half of your
upper and lower lids. This will make your eyes
subtly pop without appearing too dramatic or harsh.
If you’re going for a more sultry, nighttime look,
you’ll want something more intense. Draw a
heavier pencil line along the top lid and a lighter
line along the bottom lid, meeting at the outer
corner of the eye. Then, take your liquid liner
(hopefully you’ve been practicing!) and trace over
the top line. This will make your eyes, and you,
really stand out.